Supreme Court's Approval Rating Now Just 44%
Public thinks lifetime terms were a mistake
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 8, 2012 12:42 PM CDT
A file photo of the US Supreme Court.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – The public is more suspicious than ever of the Supreme Court. In a new New York Times/CBS poll, just 44% said they approved of the job the court was doing. The drop continues a big long-term decline: from 66% in the late 1980s to about 50% by 2000. Moreover, a sizable 60% think the Constitution got it wrong by giving the justices lifetime terms. It's too much power, they say.

"The results of this and other recent polls call into question two pieces of conventional wisdom," says one political scientist: First, that the court's approval is largely stable, and second, that it's consistently higher than the other branches of government. A recent Gallup poll has President Obama's approval rating at 47%, though more actively disapprove of the president than disapprove of the court. The same poll also concluded that a large majority want the court to strike down ObamaCare.

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Jun 9, 2012 7:10 AM CDT
95% of the 44% of those who approve heard the word "supreme" and thought it must be good.
Jun 8, 2012 8:17 PM CDT
4/9 justices are "liberal." 4/9 = 44.44...%. Nuff said.
Jun 8, 2012 7:23 PM CDT
The Justices have successfully turned the Supreme Court into decisions "for sale" to the most liberal. It is disgustingly political and our founding fathers intended that it be free of political affiliations, afflictions and favoritism. In all my years on this earth I have never seen such pandering. I am sickened by it.